Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, the resources below will help you make informed decisions.
Meet with Your Career Counselor
Choosing a major and planning your career are complicated tasks. Your Career Counselor can help you determine which majors "fit" you, explore career possibilities within your major, and create strategies to reach your goals. Make an appointment with your Career Counselor or stop by during our Drop-In hours.
Four Year Career Planning Guide
This guide gives suggestions and resources to help you stay on track with your major and career planning during each of your four years at Cal Poly.
Graduate Status Report
The Graduate Staus Report (GSR) is a searchable database of Cal Poly graduates' first jobs and graduate school plans, including job title, company name, and starting salary. This resource can give you ideas about career possibilities available to you and potential employers to investigate for internships and jobs.
What Can I Do With This Major?
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published every two years by the federal government, Occupation Outlook Handbook presents up-to-date career information, including typical duties, working conditions, and education and training. It is an excellent resource for getting a general overview of the careers that interest you.
O*Net is a research database with highly specific career information, including typical tasks, education and training, salary, and job outlook. This resource also allows you to search for careers by your interests, skills, and work values; so it is particularly useful for connecting your personal factors with careers.
Join a Club
There are over 300 unique student student organizations at Cal Poly! Attending club meetings, especially related to your major or career interests, can introduce you to other students who share your interests, help you get involved in related projects, and meet employers who want to hire students for internships and full-time careers.
Attend a Networking Session
Networking Sessions are a chance to informally talk with employers, learn more about companies, and network for internships and full-time careers. Career Services typically offers between 50-60 networking sessions per year. Dress is business cause attire and bring your resume; it may be possible to secure an interview if companies have positions available.
How to View Current Networking Sessions
- Log into MustangJOBS
- Select the "Events" tab located on the left
- To view the networking session details, click on the company logo
- Click on the RSVP button to indicate that you plan to attend
Do Informational Interviewing or Job Shadowing
An informational interview is an opportunity to sit down with a professional in a field that interests you in order to learn more about a particular company or field; and job shadowing is where you observe a professional in the field in order to experience a "day in the life" perspective. Both opportunities allow you to explore potential careers and increase your professional network. If you need help connecting with professionals in your field, make an appointment with your Career Counselor.